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2020 Bookish Resolutions + 2019 Reading Stats

If you’ve been following us for any length of time, you know I love organization, stats, spreadsheets, planning and the like.  So every year it fills me with joy to make plans and goals for a better reading year ahead and also to reflect on my reading the previous year.

Here’s what my 2019 looked like….

Monthly Totals

While I read more LGBT and Paranormal Romance than 2018, my Historical Romance and Mystery/Thriller went down.  I wasn’t planning to read less of those genres so that’s something I need to be more careful of in 2020.  I did hit my goal of reading less contemporary romance and I plan on working even more on that this year if possible.  Young Adult and New Adult went down as well and Historical Fiction went up.  And I also increased my urban fantasy which is something I plan on working even more in 2020.  I do think that my “choices” in books could’ve been better with some of these genres as you can see I had a lot of less than 4 star books.

My ratings overall look very similar to 2018 except I had more 5 and 4.5 stars books than I did in 2018 so I guess that does mean I tried to pick little more carefully what I was reading to make sure it was something I would enjoy.  I also DNF less books, in 2019 I only DNF 4 books vs in 2018 I DNF 10.

Contemporary Romance – 30.4% in 2019 vs 2018 was 41.1%
47% of those lower than 4 stars

LGBT – 13% in 2019 vs 2018 was 6.39%
76% of those lower than 4 stars

Paranormal Romance – 12.4% in 2019 vs 2018 was 11%
75% of those lower than 4 stars

Historical Romance – 7.45% in 2019 vs 2018 was 8.68%
25% of those lower than 4 stars

Romantic Suspense – 6.21% in 2019 vs 2018 was 1.83%
90% of those higher than 4 stars

Historical Fiction – 4.97% in 2019 vs 2018 was 1.37%
75% of those higher than 4 stars

Women’s Fiction – 4.97% in 2019 vs 2018 was 3.2%
37% of those lower than 4 stars

Young Adult – 4.35% in 2019 vs 2018 was 5.94%
43% of those lower than 4 stars

Erotic Romance – 3.73% in 2019 vs 2018 was 3.2%
83% of those lower than 4 stars

New Adult – 3.11% in 2019 vs 2018 was 5.02%
40$ those lower than 4 stars

Urban Fantasy – 3.11% in 2019 vs 2018 was 1.83%
80% of those lower than 4 stars

Mystery/Thriller – 2.48% in 2019 vs 2018 was 4.58%
75% of those lower than 4 stars

Sci Fi – 1.86% in 2019 vs 2018 was 1.83%
33% of those lower than 4 stars

Fantasy – 0.621% in 2019 vs 2018 as 1.83%
100% 5 stars

Steampunk – 0.621% in 2019 vs 2018 was 1.37%
100% 4 stars

Non Fiction – 0.621% in 2019 vs 2018 was 0.457%
100% 4 stars

Horror – I didn’t read any in 2019 vs 2018 was 0.457%

While 70.8% of the books I read were by authors I’ve read before, I did meet my goals in trying new to me and debut authors.  I read 38 new to me authors and 9 debut authors.  Also my frontlist titles wee 64.6% but I did read 35.4% backlist titles.  This was already good progress, but I want to work on that more.

I increased my percentage of audiobooks but only marginally, from 25.1% in 2018 to 26.1% in 2019.  This is definitely something I need to work on more.  But I decreased the new adult audience from 9.94% in 2018 to 6.85% in 2019.  This I’m happy with.

And I did increase my average rating by a tiny bit, from 3.5 to 3.7 stars.

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Here’s what I’m planning for 2020….

So now that I’ve analyzed my 2019, I’m ready to set some goals for 2020!

You can watch my video below with my 2020 solutions but I’m outlining them here as well.

GoodReads Goal – Set to 150

2019 was a hard year and I barely hit my goal of 150. I was actually aiming for 200 because it’s been so long since I haven’t read less than 200 but last year just kicked my butt.  So I’m setting again the goal for 150 but I’m keeping that hope alive that I’ll read more.  That being said, the years that I read the most from this summary below are the years I was listening to more audiobooks.

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This year we have two packs for Romaceopoly and I’d like to think that I can complete both, but my “goal” is to complete one.  I’m not committing to a pack in particular, which I know is bending the rules a bit.  But I’ll pic which prompt to read when I land on a spot between the two packs.


Same as last year, I’d like to read 2 non-fiction books, one of those being a memoir.  I achieved this goal in 2019 and I still like to continue with it.  I don’t think I would ever increase that number too much but if I pass 2 that’ll be great too.

Complete the 2020 #indeathreadalong

Suzanne and I started buddy reading the In Death series in 2019 and I have to admit I went off track a little so I didn’t read 12 books in 2019.  So for 2020 I NEED to stay on track and hit that 12 books for the year goal.  I’m loving this series!

Unfinished Series

I have so many series that I’m behind on!  I’ve picked a few that I’ve been meaning to focus on (I’ll have a video on this up on our YouTube channel later this month) but in reality I’d like to fully catch up on at least 1.  So while may make progress on others, my priority series will be the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews.

Continue reading more authors

I’m sticking with my goal of 10 new to me authors and 5 debut authors. This was an important goal to hit in 2019 and I kind of crushed it so  want to continue to do that.  Maybe find some new favorites!

Advance Reader Copies

One of the things that keeps me from achieving some of these bookish goals is taking on too many ARCs.  I want to be more conscious of picking the ARCs I accept so it gives me a little more freedom to read what I want.  I also have a LOT of past due ARCs from 2019 and I’d like to get 10 of those read and reviewed at least.


Looking at my stats I realized I want to continue making an effort to read less contemporary romance, which means being more picky on which ones I pick up to read.  Maybe even take on more recs.  And I want to read more romantic suspense, paranormal romance and urban fantasy.

Tackle My TBR

In my effort to read more books from my TBR and backlist titles, I’ll be participating in the Tackle My TBR challenge again this year.  I don’t really follow the monthly prompts but I do make sure to read stuff from my TBR each month and keep track of that number.


Audiobooks are a big part of why I was reading so many books the years that I hit my big numbers of over 300+ books.  I really want to read a lot more audiobooks in 2020 but at least 1 per week.  Also that includes using my Audible Escape subscription more.

So there you have it, that’s my 2020 bookish resolutions!
What are some of yours?


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Your details are awesome and I’m incredibly jealous!

I don’t feel like I did a great job of picking books I liked so I want to do a better job of that this year. I want to tackle my tbr, get back to the bdb, cassie palmer, alex craft, and jane yellowrock. Also, I have several books that are the final books in the series on my tbr. Not sure why I never read them but I would like to remedy that.

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Oh those are some good series to tackle. I think it’s so easy these days to impulse read things that end up being kind of mediocre and push others that will probably be amazing to the bottom of the pile. Good luck this year!


I just want to read some of my tbr pile

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That’s the best goal!

Sophia Rose

That is a nice blend of genres read and average rating. Love seeing your stats of 2019 compared to previous year. Your goals sound balanced and doable. I’ve got similar ones in that I want to keep my arc pile reasonable so I can get to books on my shelf particularly a few series I want to finish.

Have a great 2020 hitting your goals, Francesca!

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That ARC pile is a constant struggle. Good luck with your goals Sophia Rose 😉


I’m now using your template on Airtable, thank you! As for bookish goals My Goodreads is set at 20 I like to keep it low so I don’t stress over being behind. I want to finish the Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones (I have 11, 12 and 13 to read) as well as the Reluctant Royals series by Alyssa Cole and a few others. I want to get caught up on the Hidden Legacy series by Ilona Andrews. Read more Paranormal, Fantasy and Historical Romance. Finish Romanceopoly and Big Bad Shhlut (Goodreads group challenge) Complete the indeathreadalong Read 10-15… Read more »

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So happy you found the template helpful! You can add any columns to track anything else you may want as well. So customizable.
The Charley Davidson and Hidden Legacy are on my list as well!
Good luck with your 2020 goals Timitra!

Wendy @ Book Scents

I am also such a huge stats nerd and I LOVE seeing your stats breakdowns! I just put charted all of my 2019 stats too and just love looking back at the numbers haha! Good luck with your 2020 reading goals!

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Stats are the best! 🙂 hehe There’s a sense of satisfaction in it. Good luck with any of your goals as well.

Amy R

I set my Goodreads challenge at 300. I am trying to read/listen to more books by new to me authors and narrators. I am hoping to have more 4 and 5 stars reads as last year it seemed like the year of 3 star reads.